With these pests our community is fighting

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Every year - unfortunately we have to say - they reappear, and this in the vegetable and ornamental garden: Nudibranchs are the biggest plague reported by our Facebook users. And there hardly seems to be a plant that is not visited by the ravenous softies after a downpour. Mucus traces, feeding damage and pollution betray the nocturnal visitors and drive many hobby gardeners to the verge of despair when the snails devastate the perennial flowerbed every year or destroy the vegetable harvest.

If only a few snails in the garden, a Absammeln to combat is usually sufficient. Anyone laying out old boards or damp corrugated cardboard overnight can easily collect the snails in the morning. To protect their beloved plant, many hobby gardeners resort to slug pellets, others to pruning shears, or even use more drastic means to kill the slug.

Nudibranchs under wooden board

During the day and in dry conditions, nudibranchs look for damp hiding places - they gather under wooden boards, hollow bricks or large leaves under which they can easily be collected

Far more gentle is the tip of Ünzüle E.: She plants her vegetables in tubs and spreads the pots outside with a ten-inch-wide ring from a cold balm. The essential oils are said to prevent the snails from conquering the pots. Alternatively, copper strips can be attached to pots or raised beds. Many users are convinced of this measure. For snail protection in the flower beds, many users swear by coffee grounds and egg shells, which form a barrier for the molluscs.
Beer traps are recommended only to a limited extent because they attract snails over long distances. Within a fence these traps can be used to clear the area of ​​the remaining snails.

Tigerschnegel and Weinbergschnecken

Garden owners can happily discover a large leopard-shaped snail in the garden, because the tiger's tail does not touch lettuce and funerals, instead there are wilted plants and carrion on its menu - and other nudibranchs.

Tiger Mace (Limax maximus)


The Tigerschnegel (left) and the Weinbergschnecke (right) may stay in the garden

By the way: The ribbon snail and the snail not only look pretty, they usually do not harm our garden plants either. In contrast to nudibranchs, they feed mainly on dead plant remains and algae growth, which they can grind like a file thanks to their with a lot of tiny teeth spiked Raspelzunge (Radula). Snails even eat the eggs of nudibranchs and are protected.

Nasty plant sucker: aphids

Much to the grief of our community, aphids now increasingly appear again. Sven M. writes to us that there are plant lice everywhere in the garden and there is hardly any plant that has not been lice. The worst is the lovage affected. Other users report aphids on elderberry, apple tree, currant and pickle salad.

Aphids on the pipe shrub

Aphids on the pipe shrub (Philadelphus)

Aphids suck on various parts of plants and extract the plants especially sugar. Depending on the amount of lice, the plants are weakened. It often comes to deformity and deformation of leaves and flowers. Aphids excrete excess sugar back on the leaves (so-called honeydew). This is often followed by soot thickening, which cover the leaves with a dark mesh. This additionally weakens the plants. In addition, aphids can also transmit plant viruses, which, depending on the plant to further damage in growth and fruiting lead.

Action against aphids


Catchy Quarter

The ladybird larva (left) feeds mainly on aphids. She literally eats through the pest colonies. She needs about 800 lice for her development. With a housing for earwigs (right) you protect your fruit trees naturally from aphids

It is important to help the plant in many ways in the fight against the onset of lice invasion. A variety of beneficial organisms help naturally in the control of lice, but also home remedies and plant broths are used to decimate aphids. Some users spray infested plants with milk water, but often a sharp jet of water or soapy water is enough to remove the aphids.

Troublemaker ant

Ants are not plant pests in the true sense of the word, but they can be quite annoying if they cause piles of earth in the lawn or between terrace slabs and sidewalk joints.Perennials, fruit trees and potted plants alone are not a worthwhile destination for ants. It is interesting for them only by sucking insects such as aphids, whiteflies or scale insects that give off sticky honeydew to plants when sucking. These use the ants as an important food source.

Other pests

In addition to nudibranchs and aphids, our users register other plant pests such as spider mites, lily chickens, wool and scale lice, codling moths, leaf bugs and garden gullet beetles, which cause damage in ornamental and vegetable garden, but this year does not seem to occur more. A scourge is still the Buchsbaumzünsler who eats in a short time whole Buchsbaumbestände bald and against the apparently hardly a remedy.

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